Gary Willcox

Saturday 16th March 2024
3:00PM - 5:30PM

In Association With Northamptonshire Contemporary Jazz (NCJazz)

Gary Willcox' Drummer/Composers Project

The Drummer/Composer Project at Reading in 2023

Gary Willcox is a drummer /bandleader. His Drummer/Composer Project focuses on the music composition of jazz drummers, provide audiences with a glimpse into the contribution that drummers have made to jazz music across the decades, not only as instrumentalists, but across a broader musical spectrum as composers. 

The music covers 
BeBop, Modal, ECM , 90’s NuBop, and includes tunes by Elvin Jones , Kenny Clarke, Paul Motian, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Stewart & others. Despite the wide variety of music in the set, this band creates a unified sound which brings continuity to the project. The musicians are given space to interpret the music in their own way, rather than being a showcase of styles or a recreation of the past. This reflects the flexibility of the music and the musicians that wrote it.

The musicians in the band are well known to UK Jazz audiences - Chris Batchelor on trumpet (Pigfoot, Big Air, Loose Tubes) , Josephine Davies on saxes (Satori) , Gareth Williams on piano (Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Iain Ballamy) and Oli Hayhurst on bass (Julian Seigel, Pharoah Sanders, Zoe Rahman) and Gary Willcox on drums (Loz Speyer’s Inner Space, WayOutWest, Chris Biscoe’s Mingus Profiles).


Supported by Northamptonshire Contemporary Jazz